Saturday, February 04, 2006

Mini gifts

I've been meaning to find a use for some mini loaf pans we received sometime last year. I had to have them for some reason, but they just sat in the cupboard and I was determined to get them used. I needed to make something for a gift and thought it would be a good time to try the pans out.

Dark Chocolate Banana Macadamia Nut Bread can be baked as one large loaf, but I loved the idea of shrinking it down to a mini size for gifts. For the best flavor, you should make sure to use very ripe bananas - I like to let them sit until they are quite dark in color. Toasted macadamia nuts add a creamy richness along side the dark chocolate chips. Walnuts would work well here, but I love what the macadamias add. Using fresh grated orange zest brings a zing of freshness to the moist quickbread.

As always, we'll be having our Saturday chicken salads while watching the DVD that Netflix sent us. Tonight's selection will be Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - how appropriate with how much news coverage they have been getting lately. Stay tuned for daily updates on what we have been creating in the kitchen!


  1. Netflix rocks!

  2. I love banana bread! We enjoyed watching Mr & Mrs Smith. Can't wait to see what you have coming up this week!

  3. I love mini cakes and such. Not sure why but the idea of tiny little portions of sinful delights just appeals to me. And your is such a yummy one too!

  4. Oh, that bread looks delicious. I'm not a macadamia fan but you've inspired me to use up my bananas and my mini loaf pan :)

  5. kat - I agree!

    Michelle - Banana bread is great isnt it! We enjoyed the movie too, better than I was expecting!

    MM - I enjoy mini items too! Fun to make!

    Teresa - I see many uses coming from our mini loaf pans!